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Pamukkale/Ephesus

Written on: Monday October 13th, 2014

A journal entry from: Europe 2014

Time basically ran out on us and we were left with only two further stops in Turkey: Pamukkale and Selçuk.  It's a fair hike on a bus to get from the coast to Pamukkale but the dual attractions of the white, mineral water filled terraces and the ruins of ancient Hierapolis make it a worthwhile trip. We booked in for two days but should have only stayed one as the town  of Pamukkale itself was an oddly seedy place. Our very nice pension was surrounded but three night clubs each booming out loud music and, we suspect, doing a brisk trade in  . . .  By contrast the Agean town of Selçuk is quite lovely abeit teaming with tourists. Aside from being in striking range of Turkey's number two tourist attraction, the Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus, it also houses within it's city limits the Byzantine Basilica of St. John and a very impressive Ottoman era fortress. In between tramping through ruins we also visited the village of Sirince, a well preserved example of a formerly Greek-populated mountain village. Sadly our four month odyssey has come to an end. Stay tuned for further adventures next year in Africa, Spain and Portugal.

 

From Marilyn & Wayne on Oct 13th, 2014

Glad you made it to Ephesus...the library is truly amazing....did you notice the small carvings in the main street leading to the former brothel next to the library....also amazing that Ephesus used to be on the coast but silt has filled in the harbour!!

From Sharon B. on Oct 13th, 2014

What a treat to track you through Turkey. LoVeD Pamukkale but then we did a one day trip there from Izmir so didn`t get the night culture. Ephesus, amazing! So much fun to see! xoxo